On 12 December 2015, as Saudi Arabian towns and cities vote to elect their municipalities, for the first time in the Kingdom’s history, women voters will be allowed to elect the candidate of their choice. Four years ago, the late King Abdullah had agreed to allow women to participate in Saudi Arabia’s electoral process. However, that reform was delayed until this year. In the last two municipal elections, held in 2005 and 2011, only men were allowed to vote.

The women’s suffrage movement has come a long way since 1893, when New Zealand became the first country to allow women to vote in its parliamentary elections.